Self Test Guide

What to do, and not to do, if your home COVID-19 test comes back positive


As communities head back to work and school following the winter holidays, more people are relying on at-home COVID-19 test kits.

Doctors are sharing what they say your next steps should be if your home test comes back positive.

Dr. Dora Anne Mills with MaineHealth said the home test results are reliable and patients should not look to confirm their results with a PCR test at a clinic or hospital.

“If you take a home antigen test and it comes back positive, you can generally take that to the bank,” she said.

Health officials are urging people to avoid hospitals and testing sites for mild or asymptomatic cases to free up resources like PCR tests.

“There’s such a huge demand for (PCR test) right now for people who are sick and who don’t have a home test,” Mills said. “That’s why we’re really trying to preserve the testing systems.”

Mills said if someone is not experiencing symptoms and has not been in close contact with someone they know has the virus and test positive with an at-home kit, they should consider themselves to be positive, isolate and follow up with another at-home test in 24 hours.

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Stopping Electric Rate Increases

Manchester, NH – Representative Michael Vose (R-Epping) Chairman of the House Science, Technology and Energy committee released the following statement after the House passed HB549, relative to the energy efficiency resource standard and the system benefits charge by an overwhelming vote of 343-0.

“Today’s vote on HB549 sends a clear message that House Republicans will lead the effort to protect New Hampshire ratepayers. This bill puts guardrails in place that give peace of mind to fixed and low-income households that are being devastated by the inflation caused by Senator Maggie Hassan and President Joe Biden,” said Vose. “Recent filings to the PUC would have caused the Systems Benefits Charge to double. This bill prevents that by striking a balance between investing in energy efficiency and protecting ratepayers from unsustainable increases to their electric bills.”

“As legislators, we answer to our constituents. If they are unhappy with our job performance, there is an opportunity to kick us out every two years. This bill gives Granite Staters more control by restoring legislative authority over defacto electricity taxes. Changes to the System Benefits Charge affect low-income ratepayers the most and HB549 strengthens their ability to fight on their own behalf.”

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Road Work on Route 12 in Charlestown to begin January 3, 2022

Road Work on Route 12 in Charlestown to begin January 3, 2022
Route 12 will remain closed between Bowen Crossing Road and Almar Street until the project is completed.

The New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT) will begin work to repair the roadway embankment along NH Route 12, located approximately 0.7 miles north of the intersection of NH 12/Bowen Crossing Road in Charlestown on January 3, 2022.  This segment of roadway is constrained by the 100 year floodplain of the Connecticut River on the west, and the New England Central Railroad (NECR) on the east.

There will be an increase of construction vehicles accessing the site as work progresses, and only authorized construction vehicles will have access to the project site.

Casella Construction of Mendon, Vermont is the contractor for the 2.6 million dollar project, which has a final completion date of April 29, 2022.

NHDOT Contacts:

Ron Guyette, P.E., Contract Administrator, Bureau of Construction, (603) 271-2571

Eileen P. Meaney, Chief Communications Officer, (603) 271-6495

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